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Historic Sites & Districts
Albemarle Inn Bed
& Breakfast (NRHP, LHL) 86 Edgemont Rd.
Officially known as the Dr. Carl V. Reynolds House, this large frame
Neo-Classical Greek Revival building is to-day the Albemarle Inn Bed &
Breakfast. It is distinguished by a gable roof and a two-story portico with twin
pairs of Corinthian columns and half-round pilasters. The interior features oak
paneling and an exquisite carved oak stairway with a unique circular landing and
balcony. Dr. Carl Reynolds built this house in 1909 and occupied it until 1920.
Thereafter it was leased to the Grove Park School and then to the Plonk sisters,
who operated an arts school there until it became the Albemarle Inn in 1941.
Hungarian composer Bela Bartok stayed at the Inn during 1943 and while there
completed his Third Piano Concerto, also known as the Asheville Concerto or
Concerto of Birds.
Directions: From Pack Square, take College Street
east to Charlotte Street. Turn left and go 0.9 miles. Turn
right onto Edgemont Road.
(NRHP) College St.
This two-lane tunnel was originally built in 1930 to replace a
winding road that went over Beaucatcher Mountain. The tunnel was
blasted out of solid granite and has served Asheville for these many
years. In 1997 it was refurbished and modernized and new granite
stonework installed over the entrances.
Directions: From Pack Square take College Street east
to the nearby tunnel entrance.
Estate (NRHP, NHL)
This magnificent estate built by George Vanderbilt is a national
treasure. Biltmore House, the largest privately owned house in
America, is visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Directions: From downtown Asheville take Biltmore
Avenue south to Biltmore Village. Entrance is on the right
in Biltmore Village
Biltmore Forest is an area of fine residential homes that adjoins
part of Biltmore Estate. Driving through this lovely park like
neighborhood you will see many architecturally interesting and
historic buildings. Notice also the street lamps, antique ornamental
fixtures still in use throughout that combine lighting and signage
functions. The high quality copper and bronze swan-neck lamp posts
are thought to have been manufactured in California and bought by a
Judge Adams before 1928. Of special interest are the Biltmore Forest
Municipal Buildings (circa 1927) at Vanderbilt Place, the Silver
Shop Building (circa 1930) at 365 Vanderbilt Road and the Biltmore
Forest Country Club (circa 1922) at Country Club Road. Although
Biltmore Forest is not a Historic District, many of the buildings
are individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Directions: Biltmore Forest can be entered at many
places along Hendersonville Road going south from Biltmore
Village. An easy-to-find entrance is Vanderbilt Road that
enters the Forest just to the right of the Quality Inn
Cedar Crest (NRHP,
LHL) 674 Biltmore Ave.
Officially known as the William E. Breese, Sr. House, this is one of
the largest and most opulent residences surviving from Asheville’s
1890s boom period. A wonderful Queen Anne-style dwelling, it was
constructed by contractor Charles B. Leonard in 1891. It features a
prominent turret, expansive side and rear porches and interior
woodwork of extraordinary beauty. It was opened as a tourist home
with the present name “Cedar Crest” in the 1930s. Today, it is a
Victorian bed & breakfast.
Directions: From Pack Square take Biltmore
Avenue south to 674.
Church of the
Redeemer (NRHP) 1201 Riverside Dr.
This small, coursed-ashlar church was reportedly built in 1886 by a
Dr. Willis, an immigrant from England. It features a cruciform plan,
patterned slate roof and round arched windows with beautiful stained
glass. An Episcopal Church, it still is in operation and visitors
Directions: From Pack Square take Broadway north to
Riverside Drive. Turn right onto Riverside Drive to 1201.
Park Inn Resort & Spa (NRHP, NHL) 290 Macon St.
The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is one of the largest resort and
conference centers in the Carolinas. Built in 1913 by Edwin Wiley
Grove of native granite boulders, the main block of the inn is four
double bays wide and four stories deep with a deep hip roof pierced
by two rows of eyelid dormers, thus making six floors in all. The
granite for the inn was quarried locally from nearby Sunset
A magnificent building, it has many noteworthy architectural
features including more than 600 handmade solid copper lighting
fixtures still in use, the main lobby with the huge fireplaces at
each end and the striking red clay tile roof. Recently wings were
added to each side of the hotel, thus providing over 500 rooms.
Directions: Take exit 5B onto Charlotte Street off
I-240. Go one-half mile north on Charlotte Street to Macon
Avenue. Turn right. The Inn is one-half mile up Macon
Grove Park Inn
Country Club (NRHP) Country Club Rd.
Formerly the Asheville Country Club, this rambling stucco-on-masonry
structure was designed in a chateauesque style by English architect
H.T. Linderberg in 1925. Distinctive features include a diminutive
round tower with tall conical cap and weathervane adjacent to the
archway drive and a grand Flemish bond chimney on the west side of
the north-south section of the building. The Country Club building
is owned today by the Grove Park Inn Resort and houses the Golf Pro
Shop, swimming pool facilities and is also used to host meetings and
Directions: Take exit 5B onto Charlotte Street off
I-240. Go one-half mile north on Charlotte Street to Macon
Avenue. Turn right. Inn is one-half mile up Macon. Enter
into main driveway and in front of the hotel bear right. Go
down hill to stop sign and turn left and then left again at
stop sign onto access road. Country Club building in on your
Apartments (NRHP) 185 Macon Ave.
This imposing six-story structure was designed by Ronald Greene and
built around 1925. Chateauesque and Tudor elements are combined in
the unusual facade. The body of the building is a combination of
half-timbers, rectilinear and half-round towers and brick and slate.
A controversial building because of the unusual combination of
elements, the building is nevertheless pleasing and has a majestic
Directions: From I-240 take the Charlotte Street exit
5B. Take Charlotte Street north and turn right onto Macon
The Old Reynolds
Mansion (NRHP) 100 Reynolds Hghts.
Officially known as the Reynolds-Reynolds House, this two-story
American bond brick structure is supposed to have been built around
1846. During the 1920s the house was completely remodeled at which
time a third floor within a mansard roof with dormers as well as
other rooms were added giving the house a Second-Empire look. Today
the house is known as The Old Reynolds Mansion and is operated as a
Directions: From Pack Square, take Broadway to the
juncture of Merrimon Avenue. Follow Merrimon Avenue north
past Beaver Lake and turn right just past next stop light
onto Beaver Drive. Turn left up gravel lane.
Sherrill’s Inn (NRHP)
Hwy. 74A, Fairview
This large weatherboarded house was operated as an inn that served
travelers passing through Hickory Nut Gap during the 19th century.
Bedford Sherrill began operating the inn in 1834. It is a two-story
saddlebag-plan structure that probably dates back to around 1801.
Also located on the property is a very old smokehouse and tradition
maintains that this building served as a frontier “fort” in the
1790s. More than likely this small rectangular building is the
area’s oldest structure. The inn, which is a private residence
today, is visible on the right as you drive up the winding Hickory
Nut Gap Road from Fairview going towards the Lake Lure area. As a
note, if you happen to be in Asheville or Hendersonville in the fall
during apple harvest the owners of the house sell excellent homemade
cider and fresh apples grown in the property’s orchards.
Directions: From Asheville take I-240 east to exit 9
(Bat Cave, Lake Lure and Highway 74A east). Take Highway 74A
east through Fairview to the very end of the valley. As you
climb up the winding road to Hickory Nut Gap, look for the
State Historic Sign and Sherrill’s Inn on your right up on a
hill. This will trip will take you 20 minutes from downtown
Episcopal Church (NRHP) 219 Chunns Cove Rd.
St. Luke’s is a tiny historic country frame church located in the
Chunns Cove section of Asheville. The building was consecrated on
July 9th, 1898 and features triangular arched windows with simple
geometric stained glass. The building is noteworthy for its simple,
Directions: From I-240 take Exit 6 Chunns Cove Road.
Look for the church on your right.
Matthias Church (NRHP) One Dundee St.
Saint Matthias began as Trinity Chapel in 1867 on land donated by
Captain Thomas Patton. It has the distinction of being Asheville’s
first black congregation. In addition, a strong Sunday School and
Day School flourished on the site and offered the only formal
education at that time for the children of the black community.
However, they soon outgrew the smaller structure and the present
building was begun in 1894. It was completed two years later under
the supervision of James Vester Miller, whose crew then went to
begin work on Biltmore House. At this time it was renamed Saint
Matthias to honor the 13th apostle and the first missionary to
Africa. A handsome Gothic-brick structure, the building features
elaborate interior woodwork.
Directions: Located in downtown Asheville. Take exit
5B off I-240 onto Charlotte Street heading south. Take a
left on Carver Street, then a quick right on Grail Street,
and then turn right onto Dundee Street.
House (NRHP, LHL) 283 Victoria Rd.
The Smith-McDowell House is one of Asheville’s major historic
structures. Built around 1848, the house is an impressive two-story
double-pile plan Flemish-bond brick house with a graceful two-tier
porch. It is one of the oldest buildings surviving in Asheville and
definitely the oldest brick structure in Buncombe County. The house
was constructed for James M. Smith, one of the wealthiest and most
influential men in antebellum Asheville. It is open today as a
Directions: From Pack Square take Biltmore Avenue
south. Just past St. Joseph Hospital and just before
Memorial Mission Hospital turn right onto Victoria Road.
Wolfe House (NHL, NRHP, LHL) 48 Spruce St.
This historic two-story Queen Anne style house was the childhood
home of North Carolina’s most famous writer, Thomas Wolfe. The
building was built around 1883 and features a decoratively-shingled
slate roof, colored glass windows and bracketed cornice. In 1906 it
was purchased by Wolfe’s mother, Julia, who operated it as a
boarding house that she called Dixieland. Wolfe immortalized it in
his novel Look Homeward Angel. Almost destroyed by fire in 1998, the
house was authentically restored in 2004. It is operated today as
the Thomas Wolfe Memorial and is open to the public.
Directions: From Pack Square take Broadway north and
turn right onto Woodfin Street. Take first right onto Market
Street. Memorial parking lot is ahead on the left (Spruce
Street, the official address for the house no longer exists
as a operational city street.)